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Dec 9, 2013 6:00am PST
memorial service for nelson mandela in south africa. we are starting with the economy. there have been solid job numbers and major revision for the gd approximate, and a strong end to the week on wall street. it has a bunch of experts predictioning that a steadily improving economy is on the horizon for the coming year. what would that mean politically? health care and obstruction are the clubs are choice for the two parties. they are beating each other up over both issues and both could be problems as well. the economy is the wild card right now. right now things are looking up. on friday we got word that they push the average jobs growth to 189,000 a month. not great, but not horrible. it's an improvement over 2012. unemployment is down to 7% down 18/10 of a point from this time last year and the lowest since november of 2008. we saw a big revision that was up 3.6% in the third quarter. that's a half percentage point better than 2012. there is a caveat. a good portion came from businesses building up inventory. they may end up stocking up so much, they don't need to buy as much. ther
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Dec 4, 2013 8:00am PST
, is the economy. high unemployment, growing disparity in wealth and income in this country. >> vermont senator bernie sanders, great to have you on this morning. thanks for your time. >> thank you. >> absolutely. >>> after the president's speech on the economy this morning, he's going t stop by this afternoon's white house youth summit. the goal is to engage the so-called young invincibles, ages 18 to 35, that the white house is banking on to make obama care a success. joining me is dr. coreyhebert and elizabeth plank, executive social editor at policy mike. it's great to have you both here. elizabeth, in just a few hours policy mike is launching this week-long competition at today's youth summit. tell us about the competition and how you're hoping to engage the conversation about insurance. >> sure. we're really excited to be launching this competition today at the white house. we're going to be inviting millennials from across the country to give their ideas, their proposals and project ideas about how we can make health care work better for our generation. we think that -- we're really exci
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 9:00am PST
the core of the economy today. that's what we did in the manufacturing sector the beginning of this economy and it really built the american middle class. it's what we need to do now. manufacturing jobs have gone away. it's fast-food jobs, retail jobs, service sector forming the core of the u.s. economy. those are the jobs we need to raise wages for. >> jack brings up an important point, seven out of ten growth occupyings through 2020 are low-wage jobs. this the american job market. the president has supported this, we have a lot of democrats who have come out and supported thchl i think it is much harder, actually, for conservatives to dismiss the minimum wage in the way they dismiss other parts of the social safety net. this is not an entitlement program. there's economic stimulus. i think this puts conservatives in a tough position. >> it does put republicans in a tough position. majority of republicans think this is a good idea. the president talked beauty this yesterday. he's been talking about this for as long as he's been in public life. how is it we get more hone into the hands of w
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Dec 7, 2013 4:00am PST
. making sense of the new jobs numbers. has the economy turned the corner when it comes to the economy. >>> we'll hear from president bill clinton. >>> motor city master pieces. the latest on possibly selling artwork opened by detroit. could it pull the city it of bankruptcy, and should it? >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "weekends with alex wit witt". president obama surging congress to extend benefits for 1.3 million workers. they are set to expire just three days after christmas. >> if congress refuses to act it won't just hurt families already struggling. it will actually harm our economy. unemployment insurance is one of the most effective ways there is to boost our economy. when people have money to spend on basic necessities, that means more customers for our businesses and ultimately more jobs. >> the republicans are focusing on obama care. >> families who work hard and play by the rules deserve some basic choices, fairness and relief. that's why the house has passed legislation to delay the individual mandate for all americans and let you keep the plan you like. these p
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Dec 2, 2013 5:00pm PST
they know that these sanctions have absolutely crippled that economy. and so, what we would risk doing here in implementing a new round of sanctions is not just screwing up the negotiation, but sending a message to the iranian people, who are frankly way more pro-american than people might think -- >> right. >> -- that we aren't really serious about ultimately doing the deal they want. the hard-liners are isolated right now in iran, and we are, frankly, going to empower them if we show up at the table in the middle of these short-term negotiations with a new round of sanctions that even though they may take place in the future. this is about building confidence with the negotiators on the iranian side but also the iranian people. >> there's a political dimension to this. one of the polls we have, which is from reuters ipsos, on support for this deal show 2-1 support for it, which i was heartened to see. that doesn't necessarily reflect what i saw necessarily in the pundit class. but there's another moral dimension to this. i've heard a lot of people, along with some of your colleagues and c
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Dec 7, 2013 3:00am PST
to end the war in afghanistan. the job market is getting better. our economy is improveth. we have double our production of clean energy, doubled our production of traditional energy sources. we are on the brink of being energy independent as a country our size to be. we have the best researchers, scientists on earth, and the most innovative companies on earth. we're still the envy of the world. i continue to have great confidence in our capacity. this city washington is grid locked and spends too much time worried about the next election and not enough worried about the next generation. what jack kennedy understood as well. that's the american people. we go through these periods where our politics gets all balanced up. the truth is sometimes we're nostalgic about the past. >> i am. >> i know you are. if over and over again they see they are not addressing the core problems we have, eventually they will put in place folks who are serious about getting the work done. >> let's talk about the problem with the legislative branch. the nature of america is an aisle down the center. those aisles
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Dec 6, 2013 4:00pm PST
's policies that they're killing the economy. the economy isn't dying at all. in fact, there are more and more signs it's thriving under the president's leadership. according to the new monthly jobs report out today, the economy added more than 200,000 jobs in november. and the unemployment rate is down to 7%, lowest level in five years. the president's enemies responded to the news the only way they know how by attacking the affordable care act. well, here's only a sampling of their reactions to the good jobs news. keep in mind, these are statements supposedly about the jobs report. speaker boehner said, we need to protect all americans from the fundamentally flawed health care bill. eric cantor had this to say. quote, stop obama care from reducing hours and eliminating jobs. peter roscom of illinois said we continue to see the lost coverage, cost spikes on the strain of the president's health care law. then there's this sugar plum from tom price of georgia who dug up the old refrain that millions of americans are going to see their policies canceled. it seems no matter what the news, it's li
MSNBC
Dec 4, 2013 10:00pm PST
is the economy. >> the economy remains the single biggest concern. >> washington consistently failed to act. >> these asperities have become too big to ignore. >> making an action across the board. >> raising minimum wage, assistance to the long-term unemployed. something of a warning call to the american dream. >> it is not simply a moral claim. >> it's rooted in the personal. >> so we can make a difference on this. >> there are 19 shopping days to find health insurance on the government exchange. 29,000 people reportedly completed the application and selected a health plan on the federal exchange on sunday and monday but we don't exactly know how many of them completed the purchase and have paid their first premium. today, president obama told young supporters at the affordable care act youth summit how they can help make health care reform a success. >> the truth is, that for your friends and family, the most important source of information is not going to be me. it's going to be you. they are going to trust you if you're taking them on a website, walking them through it, saying, look, a
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2013 3:00pm PST
blanket over our economy. >> premiums are going up, jobs are being lost. >> we're losing jobs because of obama care. we're losing a lot of jobs because of obama care. >> whoops. turns out they're wrong. really, really wrong. today we learned the economy added 203,000 jobs in november. that means 403,000 jobs since the health care exchanges opened in october. the unemployment rate is now down to 7%. that's the lowest in five years. when the bush recession was ravaging the economy, that's why today's news is so important. five years ago, this country was on the brink of financial ruin. between december 2007 and december 2008, economic growth dropped by $143 million. key stocks fell 33%. and the private sector shed 3.7 million jobs. at the end of the bush years, the private sector was losing jobs month after month. lending and leading to fears of depression. but there wasn't a depression. in fact, president obama's stimulus helped jump start a recovery. we've now had 45 straight months of private sector growth. a remarkable turnaround. republicans were wrong about deregulation about pres
MSNBC
Dec 4, 2013 12:00pm PST
economy could make the fed take off the training wheels. signs of recovery could pressure the federal reserve to start pulling back its $85 billion monthly stimulus program. the fed just released its beige book. it shows modest to moderate growth. finally, there are some concerns that holiday retail spending is off to a slow start. mean while, president obama turned from health care to the economy offering what the white house billed as a major address on american unequality. some are calling it a early preview of the state of the union and the upcoming initiatives to help the middle class. >> while we don't promise equal outcomes we strive to driver equal opportunities. a grandson, a son, a father, as an american, is to make sure that every striving hard working optimistic kid in mark has the same incredible chance this country gave me. over the course of the next year and rest of my presidency, that's where you should expect my administration to focus all of our efforts. >> let's look at that new address with friend of the show josh barrow, politics editor at business insider. welco
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 2:00pm PST
]. >> you're causing them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy. >> maybe you should lend a hand, hmmm? >> with the american worker or against them. >> now we have class envy being stoked by the democratic party. >> oh, my gosh. does that suck. >> we have the most unequal distribution of wealth and income in any major country on earth. >> if you raised the minimum wage too high, you're going to have not more jobs but fewer jobs. >> you sit on a throne of lies. >> but income inequality is ticking up nonstop. >> nobody gives you anything. you earn it. >> we have this big conversation going on in this country right now about income inequality. but none of them have ever experienced it. >>> put some ketchup on that one, will you? good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. well, do you remember back in 2000 when bush ran and the conservatives coined this term, compassionate conservatism? wow, was that in a different era. there is no compassion, as far as the republicans are concerned. just listen to what they say, just listen to what they're propo
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 12:00am PST
will boost the economy by more than 3%, cut the deficit by almost $200 billion over ten years, savings from new workers, new businesses and new taxpayers. those numbers were not lost on the party's fiscal hawks. >> i'm not aware of any trade association, any major or minor business group that doesn't recognize we need more people, business, and fiscal workers. >> and they recognized the historic vote, with the republican party's renewed political life. >> i know that everything is not going to change in a year. but if we don't start now we're not going to have anymore success in four years, eight years or 12 years. >> joining me now back in this reality, is the president of the national council. based on the surprising staffing choice, janet, this staffing choice, staffing choice of members of congress don't normally make news, but this one did. it got tons of attention, the senators tweeting congratulations. why all the hubub about a staffer? >> well, i think it is important, as somebody who worked on capitol hill, i understand how important staff can be. there is no question that the spea
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2013 6:00am PST
? >> describe the state of how you see the south african economy and the relationship between the united states and this current south african government. >> it's a dynamic moment in the relationship, chuck. you know that the fastest growing economies on the globe are in africa. south africa is the economy that has been stagnant over the course of the last few years following the recession that all of us are struggling to recover from. i will tell you that over 600 american countries on the ground here in south africa are bullish and optimistic about the future here spent a lot of time talking to both investors and young people who were entering the job market here and they are optimistic about the opportunities, but they know there real challenges particularly around education to make certain there is a sustainable economy and the shared prosperity this this country. >> one of the things i want to do with you, you were talking with andrea off camera and i am glad you brought up the cold war point. history and a reminder of what that -- how frankly we were behind the times as a government when
MSNBC
Dec 4, 2013 9:00am PST
. it will be good for our economy. it will be good for our families. [ applause ] number four, as i alluded to earlier, we still need targeted programs for the communities and workers that have been hit hardest by economic change in the great recession. these communities are no longer limited to the inner city. they're found in neighborhoods hammered by the housing crisis, manufacturing towns hit hard by years of plants packing up, land-locked rural areas where young folks oftentimes feel like they've got to leave just to find a job. they're communities that just aren't generating enough jobs anymore. so we put forward new plans to help these communities and their residents because we've watched cities like pittsburgh or my hometown of chicago revamp themselves. if we give more cities the tools to do it, not handouts but a hand up, cities like detroit can do it too. so in a few weeks, we'll announce the first of these promise zones, urban and rural communities where we'll support local efforts focused on a national goal. that is, a child's course in life should not be determined by the zip
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 11:00am PST
economy and creating more jobs for the american people. that's where the focus is, not more government programs. >> we have a responsibility as american people, people who have played by the rules and lost their job through no fault of their own. and need these benefits in order to survive. >> nbc's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell joins me. the budget is the critical issue but the debate over extending the unemployment benefits set to threaten all of this and the "washington post" reports there are capitol hill aides who say tlsz little chance of it passing before congress leaves for their break. >> reporter: there's a weariness with so many of these fiscal deadlines we've had. we're talking about unemployment benefits for the longest term unemployed, people who really have had a hard time for a long time and congress is not necessarily in the mood to make this a line in the sand issue. clearly some democrats want to see action on this to extend the benefits and some republicans do not in part, for example, one point of view from rand paul of kentucky, saying that by extendi
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Dec 4, 2013 12:00am PST
's imagine ten million people lose their jobs, we expect to fall off in spending. but the economy is certainly better today than it was in 2009, so -- >> i want to put dollars and cents to this. this is the difference in the cbo projected savings. they're projects $222 billion in a year from medicare and medicaid from this slowing of health care costs. the sequester is $87.9, and the cuts to food stamps is $23.8 billion. >>> i have been on twitter all day about this, they can't find a single positive thing to say about the law. literally it could bring people's health care costs down to zero, they could cure cancer, and conservatives would be shouting from the rooftops that it's a disaster. i think this california thing is hysterical. in part because it's the sort of natural conclusion of the republican panic about this. they vote in mass against the law even though it originated in republican ideas. they vote to try to repeal it unsuccessfully. the website they think will sink it, and then they just throw toilet paper at it. >> and in the absence of a website that wasn't malfunct
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm PST
economy is improving. we have doubled our production of clean energy. doubled our traditional energy sources. we are on the brink of being as close to energy independent as any country our size could be in a very long time. a we still have the best universities and companies on earth. we're the envy of the world. so i continue to have great confidence in our capacity to solve our problems. there is a specific challenge that we've got. that is a congress and this city, washington, that is gridlocked and spends too much time worrying about the next election and not the generation. the solution to that is ultimately what was envisioned by our founders. and what jack kennedy understood as well. and that's the american people. question go through these periods where aur politics gets all bollucks up. the truth is when you look at our history, there's been a lot of times where congress gets stuck. but the reason we get through it is the american people have good instincts. if over and over again they see we're not addressing the core problems we have, eventually they will put in place folk
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 12:00pm PST
. this economy wants to take off and things want to grow. we want to rebuild our manufacturing base. to my mind it's not just the minimum wage, that's part of it. we can't for get those who have been left behind. we have this very dangerous thing called structural unemployment in this country. i don't think we've seen this since the great depression. it's the mcdonald's versus apples. companies require fewer people and investors are doing better and private equity firms are doing better but leaving in its wake people who aren't trained for the economy and have nowhere to go. that's the reality of where we are and the economy will proceed more in this direction as opposed to the mcdonald's side. >> that's what's scary in the jobs we have now, our largely service jobs and largely low wage majority of the groupz created out of the recession are low wage service jobs. does that responsibility to push the wage up, does that fall just to the states and federal level or do you think corporations themselves have a responsibility to their workers to provide a living wage? >> of course corporations ought
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 11:00pm PST
is getting better. our economy is improving. we have doubled our production of clean energy. doubled our production of traditional energy sources. we are on the brink of being as close to energy independent as any country our size could be in a very long time. we still have the best universities on earth, the best researchers and scientists on earth, the best workers on earth and the most innovative companies on earth and we're still the envy of the world and the most indispensable nation. so i continue to have confidence in our ability to solve our problems. there is a specific problem that we've got, and that is a congress, and this city, washington, that is gridlocked and spends too much time worrying about the next election and not enough time worrying about the next generation. and, you know, the solution to that is ultimately what was envisioned by our founders and what jack kennedy understood as well, and that's the american people. you know. we go through these periods where our politics gets all mixed up. and the truth is we're nostalgic about the past. >> i am. >> i know you ar
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2013 1:00pm PST
of the financial crisis. but the job market is getting better. our economy is improving. we have doubled our production of clean energy. doubled our production of traditional energy sources. we are on the brink of being as close to energy independent as any country our size could be in a very long time. we still have the best universities on earth, best researches and scientists on earth and most innovative companies on earth. and we're still the envy of the world and the one indispensable nation. i continue to have great confidence in our capacity to solve our problems. there is a specific challenge that we've got. and that is a congress. and this city, washington, that is grid locked and spends too much time worrying about the next election, and not enough time worrying about the next generation. and you know, the solution to that is ultimately what was envisioned by our founders and what jack kennedy understood, as well. and that's the american people. you know, we go through these periods where our politics gets all boll objectioned up. and sometimes we're nostalgic about the past. >> i
MSNBC
Dec 4, 2013 6:00am PST
is bill clinton talking about one of his most famous campaign quotes from 1992. it's not it's the economy, stupid. in ukraine it looks like a cold war up rising stuck in a debate over democracy. we will go live to kiev for the latest. good morning from washington. this is "the daily rundown." coming up, a deep dive into bit coin and how it could fit into the world's phi national future. this is a wild new currency gaining steam online. let's get to the first reads of the morning. you can call the last month and a half for the republican party. after losing the last two contests after the shut down in the midst of a battle in the party, republicans clearly have the political swlj it comes to health care. they are in a bit of a quandary. they believe healing care is a winning issue, they are not sure of the next move. the president will test out some of the themes of the upcoming state of the union address and will provide a window into where he focuses energies over the next three years. this is the need for upward mobility. the president will explain how the health care law fits into his
MSNBC
Dec 4, 2013 11:00am PST
that in this speech on the economy earlier. but this is a different strategy we're looking at here with these young people. >> earlier speaking before the group center for american progress and key allies of this president this afternoon, a short time from now, the focus will be on the young individuals and comes with a back drop of numbers that are concerning to members of the administration. a harvard kennedy school of government said a majority of these young mill lennials are afraid the affordable care act will cost them more but help them less. the care won't be as good. that's an issue they are trying to turn around and turn into their favor as the president prepares to speak at this youth summit. they will focus on today the issue that people under the age of 26 get to keep their parent's coverage, get to be covered by their parents with preexisting conditions will be covered as well. these are issues that young people will relate to. on top of that was a statistic the white house aides are often note us about, the fact six in ten americans in their health care will pay less than they do a m
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Dec 5, 2013 10:00am PST
americas. our economy brightening somewhat for wealthiest, many americans falling behind. reality check, federal minimum wage is $7.25, but adjusted for inflation it's lower than it was in 1968 when lbj was president. there's a proposal in congress to raise federal minimum wage to $10.10. house republicans oppose it saying job growth. new jersey became the 20th state to join washington, d.c. raising the minimum wage above standard. contrast that with relatively good news, growth 3.6%. it is slightly misleading. most of the gains are because businesses stockpiling. it's a one-shot deal not because people are spendsing more showing growth and strength in the economy. weekly jobless claims did fall below 300,000, a positive indicator before the jobs report. cold comfort for americans protesting at 100 locations around the nation. >> fast-food workers say they have enough being stuck at the bottom. katy tur in brooklyn. >> reporter: many workers with fast-food jobs aren't teenagers, they are women over the age of 28. they say they can't support themselves or families off minimum wage. they
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Dec 9, 2013 9:00am PST
in our economy. >> joining me today, "washington post" columnist jonathan capehart, former white house press secretary and founding partner off-almost said founding father -- founding father and partner of inside agency robert gibbs, congressional reporter for buzz feed and political reporter and white house correspondent at the "huffington post" sam stein. we talked a lot about the pizza versus the pizza box. after the gop autopsy, the republican conviction they didn't actually need to change the product they were selling, they just needed to change the marketing. it's unbelievable me, the whole 47% thing clearly has not made a dent. nowhere do you see that in a more pronounced fashion than republican talking points on unemployment. >> largely, if you ask most members of the gop, 47% to them wasn't a gaffe, it's a belief. i heard it in debates i had with people all of last year before the tape was uncovered. i do think, look, this is one of those things that the republicans will either learn this the easy way or the hard way. i remember watching these debates about unemployment insura
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2013 9:00am PST
struggling, it will actually harm our economy. unemployment insurance is one of the most effective ways there is to boost our economy. when people have money to spend on basic necessities, that means more customers for our businesses and ultimately more jobs. >> the republicans meantime remain focused on obama care. north carolina congress woman renee elmhurst delivered the gop's response earlier today. >> families who work hard and by play the rules deserve some basic choices, fairness and relief. that's why the house has passed legislation to delay the individual mandate for all americans and let you keep the plan you like. these proposals are among the dozens of house passed jobs bills awaiting action in the democratic-run senate. >> meanwhile, good news on the latest jobs report to share. 203,000 of them created in november, just 1,000 shy of the number of jobs created in october. unemployment fell by.3 down to 7%, the lowest in five years. kristen welker is at the white house for us. kristin, i'm curious how the white house is interpreting these numbers. all good? >> well, look, th
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Dec 4, 2013 2:00pm PST
in america. people a little bit down on their luck in transitioning back into the economy, thinking, gosh, i could probably use a food stamp. well, it's the holiday spirit, republicans are getting into the holiday spirit this year, by oh, what the heck, let's attack the poor people and let's throw in the pope this time, too. leave it these guys, to slam the needy people in america. leave it to these guys to slam these folks just a couple weeks before christmas. [ whistling ] last night, bill o'reilly took his belittling of the poor to a whole new level. owe ri'reilly claimed that jesu might not be in favor of food stamps. >> the problem, as i stated, you're helping one group by hurting another group. and a bigger group. and so i don't know if jesus is going to be down with that. >> yeah, you don't know if jesus is going to be down with that. you know exactly what society was like some 2,000 years ago there, billo. oh, riley, he didn't stop there. he went on to say if you were on food stamps, it's your own fault. >> some of the people who don't have enough to eat, it's their fault they don't
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Dec 5, 2013 8:00am PST
from taxpayers to get by. we heard the president speak about the economy. i just want to remind everybody what he had to say. take a look. >> we know there are airport workers and fast food workers and nurse assistants and retail sales people who work their tails off, and are still living at or barely above poverty, and that's why it's well past the time to raise a minimum wage that in real terms right now is below where it was when harry truman was in office. >> so, paul, if we look at certain states, california, new jersey, new york, they've raised minimum wage requirements, but on a national level, how effective are demonstrations like what we'll see today to help elevate the conversation to where it needs to be? >> i've been following involved with wage campaigns for more than 20 years. i've never seen this level of national focus and momentum, and in particular, states are already starting to act and they're pushing for much more significant increases in the minimum wage that bring it much closer to the historic level. the president and congress have called for $10 an hour.
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Dec 6, 2013 12:00pm PST
warren, thank you. we're going to turn to the economy. wall street is reacting positively despite today's better than expected jobs report. i say despite because series of positive results could signal it's time to turn the policies. a net gain of 203,000 jobs. the unemployment rate slid to five-year low of 7%. over the past four months, the economy gained an average of more than 200,000 jobs each month. that's up sharply from the previous four months. okay, if it's jobs friday, it times for our dynamic economic duo, jared bernstein and peter marchi, even you have to feel good about this jobs report. >> i think this is a good jobs report given what we've been through. >> easy, jerry. >> i would like to have more jobs and be around 300,000, 400,000 but i think next year will be even better. so much so i think it is time to start to withdraw the stimulus and start focusing on budgetary priorities in terms of what do we really want to do. what do we really need and worry less about stimulus but more about the fundamentals. we need to rebuild bridges. let's not do that because it's stimulus
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Dec 9, 2013 1:00pm PST
. >> negotiations moving in the right direction. >> experts predicting that a steadily improving economy is actually on the horizon. >> the unemployment news this week positive. >> unemployment fell to its lowest level in five years. >> i do support unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks. >> extending unemployment insurance isn't just the right thing to do for our families. >> if you extend beyond that, you do a disservice to workers. you're causing them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group. >> republicans so far refuse to extend it. >> i get the distinct impression you would like to run for president. >> i am seriously thinking about it. >> it is a big week in washington and the world and, we are tackling several developing stories this afternoon. president obama and the first lady are headed to south africa, joining dozens of world leaders who will honor the late nelson mandela. the president is joined on air force one by former president george w. bush, his wife laura, and former secretary of state, hillary clinton. meanwhile, for families in newtown, some powerful public statements
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Dec 8, 2013 11:00pm PST
're face ing this country. a big part of the economy also involves health care. what we don't know yet, despite the president's promises, is not only how the health care industry will respond but what big companies and small companies are doing to see that their best interests are served by all of this, and we can't see how that might play out by the end of his first term. terms of employment. yes, there are encouraging signs that unemployment is going down, but the middle class is still widely separated from the 1% at the top. we know we don't have the skill set in our economy. there is just another report this past week about where america stands when it comes to the rest of the world in terms of educational skills. we have a lot of work to be done. so these are decimal points we're talking about. it's not really dealing with the larger, big picture issue about the american economy. >> katty kay, a final point on this? the president talked about a higher wage hike this week, and it's just not going to happen. it's not going to happen if you look at the current political climate. so a
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Dec 9, 2013 3:00am PST
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Dec 3, 2013 12:00pm PST
care debate is over, that we've got to make this work. the real issue is going to be the economy. the average wages of working americans declined in the past ten years, how do rewe restore growth in the pocket books not just in the stock market for the american people? we've got to lean in on that and start addressing the concerns of parents trying to send their kids to college, get them jobs. retirement security, these are things that have been put on the side and it's really a discredit that congress is focusing on middle class concerns. >> congressman, to that point, we're seeing a rising movement across the country in support of raising the minimum wage, something that republicans and congress seem to have no interest in doing. but are you hearing from constituents that that's a concern to them? do you think ultimately we could see enough pressure brought to bear that even republicans in congress admit that we need to raise the minimum wage that it would be good for the economy and lift a lot of people out of poverty? >> absolutely. when you see the stories about food service
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Dec 4, 2013 1:00pm PST
economy works for every working american. that's why i ran for president. the basic bargain at the heart of our economy. this increasing inequality is most pronounced in our country. a child may never be able to escape poverty, because she lacks a decent education or health care. that should offend all of us. what drives me is a grandson, a son, a father, an american, is to make sure that every striving, hard-working, optimistic kid has the same incredible chance that this country gave me. dr. king once said, of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking. not anymore. if you still don't like obama care, you owe it to the american people to tell us what you are for. not just what you're against. >>> here at 30 rock, we are counting down to tonight's lighting of the famous rockefeller christmas tree. that war on christmas, a lot of hum bug, of course. but as president obama prepares to join in the national tree-lighting on friday, he's got a few other things to attend to. first, including a long list of policy goals that he wants to achieve for the american
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Dec 5, 2013 7:00am PST
industry is a $200 billion industry and one of the most profitable industries in our economy today. mcdonald's, for example, which pays its workers a median wage of less than $9 an hour posted $5.5 billion in profits last year and compensated its ceo almost $14 million. so clearly, the money is there in the corporation and the question is how do we get that to trickle down to workers above poverty wages. >> it makes sense and on the other end, the way the business models is set up, that's not the way the world is working right now and they've talked about this debate. you heard katy say it, and economists that i've seen crunch the numbers have said the cost of a burger and fries would go up 10% to 20%. the franchise association says 25% to 50% and that ultimately, though, their big argument says this will lead to the loss of entry-level jobs. does it have to? >> it doesn't have to, and we know that when you give workers a wage and especially low-wage workers. wage increase and they spend that money and put it right back into the economy. those are the workers that eat at the establishm
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Dec 5, 2013 12:00pm PST
, they won't need social services, and the economy, the system will be paying less into social services as a whole. so 50 cents for a burger is really not that big of a deal. >> all right. nbc's katy tur, thank you for that report. i want to now bring in an associate professor of economics at umass. he also penned "the new york times" op-ed "the minimum we can do." he says, while we can set a wage floor using policy, should we, or leave it to the market. thanks so much for joining us. >> thanks for having me. >> so i wanted to start, one of the things i thought was interesting in your op-ed is you talk about the fact we used to have a variety of mechanisms for setting the wage. it wasn't just up to employers. some of those mechanisms have gone away over time. explain that. >> yeah, for most of the post-world war ii era, wages in the u.s. were set using a combination of things like the minimum wage as well as collective bargaining, unions, who actually used to help set wages together with employers. that is not the case today. unions and the private sector have virtually disappeared in m
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Dec 5, 2013 8:00pm PST
market is getting better, our economy is improving. we have doubled our production of clean energy, doubled our production of additional energy sources. we are on the brink of being as close to energy independent as any country our size could be in a very long time. we still have the best universities, the best researchers and scientists, the best workers on earth and the most innovative countries on earth and we're still the envy of the world and the one indispensable nation. so i continue to have great confidence in our capacity to solve our problems. there is a specific challenge that we've got, and that is a congress and this city, washington, that is gridlocked and spent too much time worrying about the next election and not enough time worrying about the next generation. and, you know, the solution to that is ultimately what was envisioned by our fathers and what jack kennedy understood as well and that's the american people. you know, we go through these periods where our politics gets all mixed up and sometimes we're nostalgic about the past. >> i am. >> i know you are. but
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Dec 8, 2013 11:00am PST
turned a corner on our economy? next, our roundtable is back with some of their analysis of those questions. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. ti'm bethand i'm michelle.e. and we own the paper cottage. it's a stationery and gifts store. anything we purchase for the paper cottage goes on our ink card. so you can manage your business expenses and access them online instantly with the game changing app from ink. we didn't get into business to spend time managing receipts, that's why we have ink. we like being in business because we like being creative, we like interacting with people. so you have time to focus on the things you love. ink from chase. so you can. >>> here now, some of this week's images to remember. imag. >>> president obama at the christmas tree lighting. back with our roundtable. the politics of the moment is obama care, and the president was out there reselling it this week, katty kay. this is a portion of what he said. >> if i've got to fight anothe
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Dec 9, 2013 8:00am PST
the economy is still weak and i think we can accomplish that the next couple of days. >> congressman chris van hollen says he puts the chances of a deal at 50-50 and that any cuts to federal employees' pensions would be a deal breaker, at least for him. >> you cannot be asking federal employees to bear the share of the burden that they're asking for here as part of an agreement when you're not asking, for example, agribusinesses that get huge taxpayer subsidies to have a contribution. >> of course he has a slew of federal employees in his district. joining me now dnc congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz of florida. thanks for being here. now, the "washington post" quotes the head of a bipartisan think tank that this could be declared a victory is an indicator of how low the process has sunk. they haven't really done anything except avoid another crisis. and so i guess for me is are we just doing another version of kicking the can down the road or is there some sort of potential detente between the two parties when it comes to the budget? >> it doesn't appear there's going to be some sort of
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Dec 2, 2013 3:00am PST
in one of the southeast asia's largest economies. demonstrators are looking to topple the government and the current prime minister after accusations of corruption and abuse of power. the u.n. has closed its offices in bangkok warning foreign travellers to stay out of the streets. >> afghanistan president karzai is accusing the u.s. of holding back fuel and other supplies. he said they are holding back supplies in an attempt to pressure for him to sign the agreement. >> from the "los angeles times" officials say speed may have been a factor in the crash that killed actor paul walker and his friend over the weekend. according to police the "fast and furious" star left a charity event. witnesses at the event said they heard a loud boom and saw smoke. walker was in the middle of gaming "fast and furious 7." walker leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter. he was 40 years old. >> really. isn't that bizarre? came from a charity event and he gets in one of the cars and the guy drives off with him -- >> he was the passenger in the car. >> passenger in the car and runs into a pole and blows up.
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Dec 7, 2013 11:00am PST
. try campbell's homestyle soup. >>> the latest jobs report shows good signs for the economy. the unemployment rate dropped to 7% in november while 203,000 jobs were created. down from october's unemployment rate of 7.3%. these numbers come as many job seekers are preparing to take the traditional pause in their hubt for work in time for the holidays. but that may be a bad idea. john challenger is the ceo of challenger, gray and christmas. zachary karabell is a cnbc contributor. he's a writer as well. he's written a book as well. john, let me start with you. many folks put off their job search during the holidays thinking that companies don't hire during this time period. why is that not the right thing to do? >> first of all, the data doesn't support it. last november, over 4.66 million people found jobs in november, just slightly down in december. so it is a time when employers especially in this kind of 24/7/365 business environment we're in, they're always hiring. they always have issues. so the last thing you want to do is put your search on hold. the very fact that a lo
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Dec 3, 2013 3:00am PST
among 65 countries and districts that make up the lion's share of the global economy. american teens are down four spots in science coming in at 24. and they slipped another -- >> this is unbelievable. >> ten spots -- >> look at that. >> to 21st when it comes to reading. several chinese cities as well as japan and singapore saw their students improve significantly. >> willie geist, your mom has been involved in educational reform. we were talking about mike bloomberg who dedicated four years to it. the gates spent billions and billions of dollars and the only thing -- not the only thing but one of the main things they learned reducing class sides. they spent billions of dollars on that. that doesn't work. man, the past four years when it seems everybody's focus has turned to education reform in a big way, just been disastrous, not disastrous but terrible. our state of the union are getting worse and worse. >> this is a trajectory we've seen for more than a decade. it goes back. maybe you say we'll give the reforms of the last few years to settle in. reaction to this study was amazing
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